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Times' advertising customers beware

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Brazil Times was alerted Wednesday about a potential scam artist allegedly calling people who have placed advertisements in the paper in an attempt to get personal financial information.

A customer contacted The Times with information about an alleged phone call they received Tuesday night. An unknown woman attempted to get the customer's credit card information to pay for an ad currently running in the paper. When the customer told the woman they had already paid, she allegedly hung up.

When a customer places an ad, Brazil Times General Manager Lynne Llewellyn said all terms, including current pricing rates and how it will be paid for, are completed before the ad is placed in the paper.

She also said employees of the paper do not make customer service or sales calls after normal business hours, which are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

"Please be wary and if anyone gets one of these calls, please ask for their identification," Llewellyn said, adding that an incident report has been filed with the Brazil City Police Department.

If anyone has been contacted about this potential scam or has more information about this case, please contact Llewellyn at The Brazil Times at 446-2216 or the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

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What will they think of next???

-- Posted by ape1 on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 10:11 AM

"...please ask for their identification," Oh, yeah! Thats gonna help. So, you find out who makes the calls by calling the paper and saying, "Hello? Yes, I need to talk to the gal that called me about my bill..." You get her (or his) name. Then you make your calls and when someone asks for your number or your identification info, you simply use the right ones. Then general manager makes it sound like "asking for identification" is a cure to fixing this problem. That is misleading and frankly mis-information. It simply invites further security breaches. Do a little thinking people. Report fishy activity immediately. It helps. Asking and getting ident info may make you feel warm and fuzzy but it won't stop the bad guys.

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 1:50 PM

When ANY ONE calls you asking for your confidential information for your "account", always ask that you call them back...Then you can look up that business's valid phone number and see if that person is even in that office. If it is a legitimate business, they will not mind this at all.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 3:07 PM

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